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Robert S. Karem

Robert S. Karem

American policy advisor and government official
Robert S. Karem
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Intro American policy advisor and government official
Is Politician
From United States of America
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 9 October 1977
Age 43 years
Politics Republican Party
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Robert Story Karem is an American policy advisor and government official who currently serves as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Department of Defense.


Karem was a foreign policy legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. He was also an advisor to former Vice President Dick Cheney, specifically with respect to Middle East affairs. Karem was a member of Cheney's national security staff from February 2005 to January 2009 and was a researcher for Cheney's memoir.

Karem later worked as an advisor to then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In August 2014, Karem left Cantor's office to serve as policy advisor for U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Beginning in April 2015, Karem was a foreign policy advisor to Jeb Bush during his presidential campaign.

Karem has also spent time at the American Enterprise Institute, a policy think tank.

President Donald Trump's transition team included Karem as an adviser to CIA Director Mike Pompeo during Pompeo's confirmation process.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

On April 25, 2017, President Trump nominated Karem to become Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Department of Defense. Derek Chollet, who served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Obama administration, praised Trump's decision in choosing Karem, stating that "[n]ot often [do] I say this, but terrific news from Trump Admin: Robert Karem nomn'd for Asst SecDef ISA . . . He’s smart, savvy, & skilled. Great pick!"

On May 18, 2017, Karem's confirmation hearing took place with the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on May 25, 2017.

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